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Windows 8 is a personal computer operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, with an emphasis on improving its user experience on tablets. In particular, these changes included a touch-optimized Windows shell based on Microsoft's "Metro" design language, the Start screen, a new platform for developing apps with an emphasis on touchscreen input, integration with online services, support for USB 3.0, Advanced Format hard drives, near field communications, and cloud computing. Additional security features were introduced, such as built-in antivirus software, integration with Microsoft SmartScreen phishing filtering service and support for UEFI Secure Boot on supported devices with UEFI firmware.

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Hi there,
I am in an environment of 400 users.
Desktops get reissued to users regularly. When the desktop gets given out for the first time it is imaged using MDT. When the computer is handed to another user, the support guys have to go along and reconfigure the computer for the next user. I know it sounds like you could reimage it but the company I have just started with doesn't have everything in the image, so it is a much bigger job to reimage the computer.
So part of preparing the computer for the next user is changing the Windows 8 and Windows 10 start menu tiles back to the standard company way. the business doesn't want to lock down the start menu but wants the highly paid professionals that use the computers to start off with the most likely to be useful things in the start menu, and then leave the users to alter it as they see fit from there.
The users have roaming profiles.
I would like to help the support team be able to push the start menu back to the desktop using powershell or something like that.
I found in powershell the commands export-startlayout and import-startlayout, but it doesn't work on roaming profiles as far as I can see. That is what Microsoft says and it seems to be right. I tried it on computers not joined to the domain and it works fine.
I can see group policy is capable of it but the users need to be allowed to change it too.
Do you have any other ideas?
Thanks,
Shaun
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hi experts,

 a have a laptop that was giving problems, so I ran a chkdsk and it's been scanning / repairing the drive now for 2hours and it's sitting at 11%. Should I let it continue , is it normal to take this long?
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Hi,

When i tap continuously spacebar in laptop keboard the laptop restarts. I had checked in event log. I got the below mentioned error

a multi touch device reported inconsistent information event id 264

I had updated the all the drives including bios. I had done diagnostics and hardware show results all test as pass. Kindly tell me whether its a os issue
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when i open gta 3 and click on start game-   load game,   my files appear when i click them they start loading too but the loading won't finish.   once i waited for an hour but yet it didn't open.  
so it leaves me no choice but to play a new game everytime.
i play it on windows 8.1
hope you will answer my question.
thanks///
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Can it be upgraded to windows 10 so that I can run normal exe programs ?

It currently running windows 8.1 RT
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hi experts,

 I'm trying to setup windows backup on my server BUT i want to back it up to a network share drive or a SAN. but it doesn't give me the option to browse to that path  , it's looking for a local drive. is backing up to a network not supported on server 2008 standard?
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A recent post by Brian Matis motivated me to make this alternate post to see what sort of reaction others might have about these recent revelations.

A recent article on The Verge claims that "The older operating system was less vulnerable that anyone expected"

Windows XP computers were mostly immune to WannaCry

Another article from the same source claims "Windows XP was ‘insignificant,’ researchers say" with regards to helping the WannaCry outbreak spread.

"Almost all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7"

Lots of folks (from their perspective) with a genuine need to keep running on Windows XP suffered a lot of grief in Tech forums as being one of the root causes of giving WannaCry a platform to spread and thrive from, yet now it appears all the criticism may have been a little premature and unjustified.

For the record, I personally don't condone anyone using unsupported operating systems and actively encourage everyone I deal with to get themselves up to date, but I am also sympathetic to those who feel they have a genuine need to do that, so also think they shouldn't be …
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
We have too many XP computers at my institution (some with only SP2) - mostly due to budgets and instrumentation.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Thomas,
Have you considered purchasing an XP Updates agreement with Microsoft? Might be an easier solution if budget restraints prevent you from upgrading? I wouldn't feel comfortable with a lot of XP machines in an environment as it would be a case of when, not if, it will come back to bite you.  Patches are available, just at a cost.

Incidentally, SP3 for XP is still provided by Microsoft - why not install it?

Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3

How to obtain Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Cheers..
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hi experts,

 I had to reload windows 8 on my laptop but need to upgrade it to 10. is is still free upgrade?
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We have about 17,000 about 60/40 Windows 10 to 8.1. All the sudden the 8.1 ones users cannot login the PC sits at Please wait for user profile service for users with a roaming profile. If we remove that they can login. The windows 10 users seem unaffected. The only error I see on them is Error 6005 The winlogon notification subscriber <Profiles> is taking long time to handle the notification event (Logon).

Nothing network wise has changed.
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Hi Anyone can tell link where we can download windows 7 with latest SP 64 bit? I would like to download it and buy production key from ebay. I want to downgrade windows 8 to 7. Anyone have good suggestion? Thank you
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I have 20 hard drives from pc. Different size from 80 to 2 tb

What's the most affordable way to use them together n raid
So i can use in my home network?
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I am using windows 8.1 pro ,64 bit laptop.I have mistakenly deleted one of system variable file.Now i am unable to open Advanced system settings,command prompt.When i open advanced system settings it showing error as "Windows cannot find '%windir%\system32\systempropertiesadvanced.exe'.How to solve this? please help me to solve this problem.
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If you've ever provided Telephone or Remote support to non technically minded computer folks, I'll bet you've faced the challenge of how to get them not to type a web address you're giving them by phone into Google, Bing, Yahoo (or any other search engine they might favor) rather than enter it into a browsers address bar.

I've been using the following trick for a while and think I've managed to save some of my hair as a result!

  1. Tell them to open their favorite web browser
  2. Press CTRL + L (instruct client not to touch any other keys)
  3. Tell them to type the web address you need them to go to - like support.me

Support.me is just a web alias for the Logmein Rescue app that I subscribe to.  Do you have any favorite tricks you like using when giving telephone support? Please share them in the Comments section below.

Hit the thumbs up button if you hadn't heard of (or forgotten about) this useful shortcut :-)
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I'm constantly using CTRL+SHIFT+T to recover tabs I've closed recently, and CTRL+T to open new tabs.  I'm on Chrome.
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The C: drive on my Dell tablet only shows 4.5GB free of 23.2GB.  The Win 10 upgrade says it needs 8GB free on the C: drive.  I don't see any large deletable folders, and I don't see a hiberfile or swap file.  But I do see that the Windows folder is taking up almost 14GB.  Since Win 8.1 is about to replaced, is it possible for me to move about 5GB worth of Windows folders over to the SD card?  If so, which ones would be safe to move?  My folder list is attached as a screenshot.  TIA
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I have never had to utilize an SD card in a tablet until now, and I can't see how to do it.  It is a Dell 8" tablet with Win 8.1 installed, with a micro SD slot.  I insert the card and it appears to click into place, because if I push it again, it pops out.

But I never see the card as a drive letter if I go to Start > ThisPC.  I also went to Disk Managment, thinking maybe it was like a bare hard drive that needs be formatted, but it does not appear there either.  I have tried a 2GB and a 4GB.  Any ideas?  TIA
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can I install 64 bit application on 32 bit windows 8
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Team, need help resolving a laptop build that's continously failing at the bitlocker stage of task sequence, it's specific to just this model laptop, and I suspect it's related to some BIOS config.
Can you advise or direct me please,
Laptop Model = HP Elite X2 1012

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Error in logs:

... r
Initial TPM state: 55
Creating TPM owner authorization value
Succeeded loading resource DLL 'C:\Windows\CCM\1033\TSRES.DLL'
Taking ownership of TPM
uStatus == 0, HRESULT=80070005 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\framework\tscore\tpm.cpp,645)
pTpm->TakeOwnership( sOwnerAuth ), HRESULT=80070005 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\client\osdeployment\bitlocker\bitlocker.cpp,522)
InitializeTpm(), HRESULT=80070005 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\client\osdeployment\bitlocker\bitlocker.cpp,1313)
ConfigureKeyProtection( keyMode, pwdMode, pszStartupKeyVolume ), HRESULT=80070005 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\client\osdeployment\bitlocker\bitlocker.cpp,1552)
pBitLocker->Enable( argInfo.keyMode, argInfo.passwordMode, argInfo.sStartupKeyVolume, argInfo.bWait ), HRESULT=80070005 (e:\nts_sccm_release\sms\client\osdeployment\bitlocker\main.cpp,382)
'TakeOwnership' failed (2147942405)
Failed to take ownership of TPM. Ensure that Active Directory permissions are properly configured
ccess is denied. (Error: 80070005; Source: Windows)
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Hi, I am trying to disable SMBv1 using PowerShell via GPO.
I have two cmdlets:
- one for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012

Set-SmbServerConfiguration -EnableSMB1Protocol $false

-Socond for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters" SMB1 -Type DWORD -Value 0 -Force


Please give me some ideas on how to run it once on each machine. Technically check if this applied or not. If yes do not do anything, if no apply the cmdlet.

Thank you
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I heard that the ransomware that screwed up the british health system and many others.... that was because they were running win xp machines?

or is it more than that?

Any tips on protection?

I saw this page:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_w_rWlUAAAtWs

that talks of turning off smb 1 protocol for file sharing.

What's the downside / what problems would that cause if we do that on each machine?

Those powershell commands are for win 8 and above.

running those commands on win 7 gets error messages about that command not found.

are there comparable commands to run on win 7?   it's not safe by default / nothing to worry about?

thanks!
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I am running an ASUS PA329Q monitor at 3840 x 2160 resolution , using a NVIDEA GTX980 TI video card. Last night I upgraded from a clean install of windows 8 to 8.1. Ever since then my screen, icons, taskbar and windows have become huge. It virtually looks like the resolution is set at 800 x 600. I have all the latest updates installed and I simply cannot find the problem.
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Is there any problem after installing it on the production server?
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Hi all

Install win8,1 the other day the last update was kb3083669 and kb3020370 from 2017 the rest are from 2014 i cant seem to download anymore any help would be great

Thanks
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RE:  StartComponentCleanup Task fails
DISM giving contradictory results  

My StartComponentCleanup task in Tasks Scheduler was failing with the error:
Last Run Result:  The component store has been corrupted. (0x80073712).

The task is located in Task Sheduler under  Microsoft, Windows, Servicing
 
No problem, I thought - over to elevated command prompt and DISM.


>DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 6.3.9600.17031
Image Version: 6.3.9600.17031
[==========================100.0%==========================]
No component store corruption detected.
The operation completed successfully.


OK Great, should be ready to clean.


>DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 6.3.9600.17031
Image Version: 6.3.9600.17031
[==========================100.0%==========================]
Error: 14098
The component store has been corrupted.
The DISM log file can be found at C:\WINDOWS\Logs\DISM\dism.log

Odd, let’s fix that up.

>DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 6.3.9600.17031
Image Version: 6.3.9600.17031
[==========================100.0%==========================]
The restore operation completed successfully. The component store corruption was repaired.
The operation completed successfully.

Let’s be safe and re-scan.

>DISM …
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When using the System Restore option ("Use a restore point recorded on your PC to restore Windows") on this HP laptop it told me that it couldn't progress as there is no admin account on it. Perhaps this is the result of its owner being the victim of remote scammers?
If there is no rollback possibility, i'd prefer to reinstall with a stock (bloatware-free) Windows 8 image. Is such a thing available to users of Win 8 (possibly with a Home edition)?
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I am installing some software for someone on his Asus T100 laptop. Everything runs fine except that I can't get a wireless mouse connected to the computer.
The mouse is a Logitech M185 mouse which is classified as a HID device by the manufacturer. It therefore shouldn't require any additional software for basic functionality which is all that is required. The mouse works perfectly on a Windows 10 laptop but is not recognised at all in Windows 8.1 when the dongle is inserted into the USB port.
The same applies to USB memory sticks: they are not recognised by Windows 8.1 but work fine on other computers.
However, a Western Digital Passport drive (no external power source) is recognised by Windows 8.1 and performs as expected when plugged into same USB port (there is only one USB port on the Asus laptop).
There are no downloadable drivers, probably because it is a HID device. I have tried to disable and then re-enable the device.
The system claims the device is working properly and that the required driver is present and up-to-date.
I would greatly appreciate suggestions that could help me to solve this problem.
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Windows 8

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Windows 8 is a personal computer operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, with an emphasis on improving its user experience on tablets. In particular, these changes included a touch-optimized Windows shell based on Microsoft's "Metro" design language, the Start screen, a new platform for developing apps with an emphasis on touchscreen input, integration with online services, support for USB 3.0, Advanced Format hard drives, near field communications, and cloud computing. Additional security features were introduced, such as built-in antivirus software, integration with Microsoft SmartScreen phishing filtering service and support for UEFI Secure Boot on supported devices with UEFI firmware.